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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.


June 29th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FRENTES + PAX.ARQ

Transported by 2 containers and designed to be installed in 5 days, which are essential for an ephemeral and itinerant pavilion, the Mobile Cultural Mobilizarte consists primarily of 3 elements:


A set of scaffolding towers, lightweight temporary autonomous structures, which are easily assembled, very stable and adaptable to any kind of terrain. Mounted with different heights up to 10 m, their role is to define interior spaces, structuring floors and ramps as well as securing the cover. Their positions shall be defined according to the chosen installation site.

Night View (Images Courtesy FRENTES + PAX.ARQ)

  • Architect: FRENTES + PAX.ARQ
  • Name of Project: MOBILIZARTE
  • Principals: José Alves, Juliana Corradini, Miguel Muralha, Paula Sertório, Victor Paixão
  • Team: Alex Gonçalves, André Mack, Marcelo Pinheiro
  • Engineering: Yopanan Rebello
  • Budget: R$ 832.00 / m²


Measuring 15m high, built of scaffoldings, consisting of four pavements whose floors are sustained by inflatable beams, it is wrapped in a plastic waterproof canvas, besides being the vertical reference of the intervention, transforming the spaces according to its position, like a large panel, it has the function of sheltering areas of technical collection and general storage, also serving as a film projection screen. On this remarkable and enigmatic white monolith, we are able to project two films simultaneously, on each of its main faces. Isolated or incorporated, “de-territorialized” or telluric, nomad or linked, dependent or autonomous, fixed or dynamic but always resolute, this Prism can be mounted outside or inside, near or far from the Module, forming different and heterogeneous sets, but whose whole shall keep the same character.

Images Courtesy FRENTES + PAX.ARQ


Inspired by two traditional Brazilian elements that serve to cover and protect, which are the crochet, lace and patchwork quilts, and the hollow elements (“cobogós”), construction material that is widely used on the facades of our buildings, we created the main conceptual feature of this Mobilizarte Module: a huge Inflatable Membrane, dramatically shaping the inner and outer spaces through its undulating movements, refusing to settle down and yearning to be mutant. Its primary function is to cover and    protect from the weather. Tilted, tumbled, hung, laid, stretched, twirled and languidly spread, during the day this area of ” inflatable fabric ” will shade the space; at night it will become a source of lighting, a huge floating body hovering above the ground.

Images Courtesy FRENTES + PAX.ARQ

Its spatial rhythm will create striking perspectives for those who see it from afar as well as for those inside it. Adapting itself to the spatial context of each site, this Mobilizarte Module can be installed as an independent space on flat or inclined grounds, incorporated to an existing building, absorbing it symbiotically or can be attached to the building, as its extension. Throughout the several installation possibilities conveying different shapes for the whole, this Module is designed to be ideal for cultural events in each of the 10 feature cities. Highly flexible, the spaces may be altered, densified, dissolved, recombined, renewed or suppressed as to give rise to forms that meet the needs over time, becoming an alive ‘open work’.

Plan 01

There will never be an equal display of the Mobilizarte Module in different cities. Even integrated and interdependent, each one of the three basic elements will establish its own relationship with the site where it is installed. Resonant, the project is based on a system able to be transformed over time and space, assuming  several characteristics and extraordinary shapes.

– 3 elements impregnated with much significance.

– 2 overlapping dreams.

– 1 Dream come through

Plan 02

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Plan 06

Plan 07

Plan 08

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